Apr 162015

Coffee is now the most popular drink in the world – even for the English, long-known as a nation of tea drinkers. And we are becoming more choosy about the coffee we drink – the focus is very much on quality. But what about the economics and politics of coffee production? It’s as complicated as getting the right flavour in your cup.



Vocabulary and definitions

commodity – something that can be bought and sold
speculate – make a guess about something based on experience or limited information
fluctuations – changes in prices
vulnerable – easy to change
makes waves – have a big effect
provides for – have enough income to live comfortably
labour intensive – employing a lot of people
package – put a product in a packet or box before selling
profitable – to have enough income to live comfortably

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